Your print or embroidery staff should never have to leave their machine to go and get anything. Instead, have everything they need brought to them for their jobs and lined up in order so all they have to do is set them up and run them. This takes some coordination and planning, but the more your crews stay in place where they work, the faster they can turn over jobs on the production floor. Mount cheap fire engine bubble lights on poles that the operators can turn on if they need approval or have a question: the light will signal your floor manager to come to the operator, instead of the operator having to walk the floor trying to find an answer.

Marshall Atkinson – Atkinson Consulting